'The word of mouth success of lockdown. . .Riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff' The Guardian Included on BEST NOVELS OF 2020 lists by The Guardian, The Telegraph, Good Housekeeping.

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Lucy Atkins is an award winning British author and journalist. She has written four novels, most recently the critically acclaimed MAGPIE LANE. Many of her books are published internationally and THE NIGHT VISITOR (2017) has been optioned for television. 

Lucy teaches on the Creative Writing Masters degree at the University of Oxford.

She was a judge for the 2017  Costa Book Awards  , and is a book critic for The Sunday Times. She has also written reviews and features for  other UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Express and many UK magazines.

Before becoming a freelance writer, she worked for Amnesty International (UK), and then the Times Literary Supplement.  She studied English at Oxford University and was a Fulbright Scholar to the USA for an M.A. in English and American literature. She has lived in Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia, and is now based in Oxford, with her family and her dog. 

Find Lucy on Twitter @lucyatkins or Instagram @lucyatkinswriter or see Contacts page.


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Magpie Lane recommended on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book

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